By: Iltifat Husain MD, Satish Misra MD
Editor’s note: Make sure to check out our new Top 10 free iPad medical apps piece and the updated version of the top 20 free iPhone medical apps list.
Earlier in the year we released a “Top 10 Free iPhone Medical Apps” list. Since then we’ve gotten multiple requests from readers asking us to update the original list. But when we researched for free medical apps, we were impressed to find many new free ones worth downloading — causing us to make a new Top 20 list. Just like the last best medical apps list, this list isn’t based on the most downloaded free medical apps in the App Store or on iTunes star ratings. If you look in the Apple App Store at the current top 10 downloaded free medical apps, the category is still littered with apps called “Dream Meanings”, “Relax Ocean Waves”, and “Beauty List” — worthless to medical professionals. This list contains no such apps.
Methods: This list was compiled by the senior editors at iMedicalApps — a practicing physician, resident physician, and 4th year medical student. Over 1,000 free medical apps were parsed through for the formation of this list. Except for one app – “Lite”, or trial versions of apps were excluded from this list.
Some of the apps that were included in our original list didn’t make the current top 20 list — make sure to read the old list if you want to see the excluded apps.
Sidebar: If you want free apps, make sure to “Like” us on our Facebook fan page and follow us on Twitter — where we give out tons of free medical apps on our wall. You can also find interesting commentary on these platforms and it’s where we interact with our readers: www.facebook.com/iMedicalApps, www.twitter.com/imedicalapps.
Due to the numerous pictures of each app, in depth comments, and the systematic nature of this list, each app has it’s own page. Continue on to access the official iMedicalApps top 20 free iPhone Medical Apps List for medical professionals (iOS4 platform):
Medscape again tops our list as the number one free medical app for medical professionals. The amount of free content provided by Medscape is absolutely mind boggling and seems to continuously grow with each update. 7,000+ drug references, 3,500+ disease clinical references, 2,500+ clinical images and procedure videos, robust drug interaction tool checker, CME activities, and more.
Many use Medscape as a simple drug reference tool, but its true value is in the disease and condition clinical references it provides. This is highlighted by some of the below pictures where we show the type of content provided when reading about an AAA. The Medscape app is actually a mini-textbook packed with protocols for disease pathologies. It’s not as detailed as the famous Pocket Medicine Red Book — but it does more than an adequate job of providing clinical pearls from the most common to less common pathologies.